Dublin Dance Festival returns for another year of spectacular world-class entertainment
The Dublin Dance Festival will return to Ireland's capital city from the 8th to the 23rd of May 2010, showcasing a world-class contemporary dance programme, with tastes from all over the world. This year's festival will be themed around the work of the world famous German choreographer, Raimund Hoghe; particularly influential this year is Hoghe's Young People, Old Voices.
Since its inception in 2002, the Dublin Dance Festival (DDF) has come to be considered by many as Ireland's foremost dance festival and a must see event for all dance lovers everywhere. Because of its popularity, Dublin is set to receive a greater influx of visitors than usual to the area during the three-week long event; amenities will be in short supply so ensure that you book your car hire at Dublin Airport as early as possible if travelling from abroad, to avoid disappointment.
Not to be missed is the Bumper 2 Bumper Headphone Disco on the opening night, this is an outdoor festival where everyone dances along to their own private disco via personal headphones, extremely entertaining to watch, if you've never tried anything like it before then this is certainly the place to do so. The Bumper 2 Bumper Headphone Disco is being held on the 8th of May at the Temple Bar in Meeting House Square.
With current changes in contemporary dance styles across the globe, this year's event will focus significantly on the divide between old and new. There will also be a stark contrast highlighted in styles of dancing representing the different abilities of various body types, so physicality is also a prominent theme this year. One of the festivals creative directors, Laurie Uprichard elaborated saying; perhaps it's a personal enquiry, but the choreographers of my generation and those I first encountered in the 1970s, are coming to an age at which earlier generations either retired or got fixed in their particular idiom. Merce Cunningham, however, was innovating movement vocabularies until his recent death at the age of 90. I want to see how artists, both young and old, break the rules and boundaries and speak with young voices, old voices and all those in between.